For those of you who are die hard rugby fans you will know that Kenya 15’s Simbas were in Madagascar playing to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. The team played very well beating Namibia to a 29-22 and then Madagascar 39 – 0. The second was a great fete because Kenya has never beaten Madagascar when they have met.
This Sunday many rugby fans were at K1 (including yours truly) to watch the Kenya – Zimbabwe game. A win would mean direct qualification into the Rugby World Cup. Unfortunately our hopes were dashed when we lost to Zimbabwe 28-10.
We are still very proud of the Tusker Simba Fifteens who played well in Madagascar. This Monday they were hosted to a welcome homecoming dinner at the Ole Sereni Hotel. The Dinner was hosted by KBL.
“It was quite the challenge, but we too proved to be quite tough, especially against the Namibians and Madagascans. I would like to congratulate Tusker Simba XV’s for making us proud and being the pride of a nation. They flew the Kenyan flag high and it showed on that field.’’
“The team’s progression to the World Cup was halted by losing to 28-10 to the Zimbabweans.. While the team did not get to qualify, they have brought a much needed spot light to 15’s aside rugby in Kenya. “You have done us proud! KBL and Tusker will continue to stand by you on your historic journey to the World Cup. Our challenge is to take the 15’s Aside game to the same high standards that our national 7’s team has reached and be the first East African country to take part in the World Cup,” Mr. Muganda added.
“The boys performed commendably in Madagascar and it is our strong belief that this is a show of things to come for the team. Tusker’s support has been most generous and it is only a matter of time before we compete at the same level as the game’s elite. The entire KRU thanks Joe Muganda and Tusker for placing faith behind the Kenya 15’s and supporting our efforts to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England,” said Mr. Muthee, The Kenya Rugby Union Chairman.
The Tusker Simba XV’s are now settling down and making preparations to face the Ugandan National Team, both away and home.